Harvest & Cook Seasonal Vegetables w/ a Vegetable Sommelier at Echigo-Yuzawa, Niigata

Overview

At a farmhouse in Niigata Prefecture's Echigo-Yuzawa, harvest vegetables and try your hand at simple farm work. Then, enjoy a home-cooked Niigata-style lunch made with the vegetables you just harvested.

Highlights

  • A brief immersion into the rural life — cycle leisurely on an e-bike, try your hand at farming, and enjoy a home-cooked lunch
  • Get advice from your host, an expert local farmer who's earned the title of "vegetable sommelier," on the best ways to grow and enjoy vegetables
  • For lunch, make a healthy Niigata-style meal out of the vegetables you harvested
  • Try homemade preserved food — a specialty of the area — and learn about Niigata's food culture

Key Information

Important Information

• Participants must be aged 11 or older • The vegetables that you will harvest and eat will vary depending on the season; you will not be able to choose in advance • A minimum of 2 people is required for this experience to push through. If the experience will be canceled due to not meeting the minimum, we will inform you to refund or reschedule. The maximum capacity is 5 people

Description

Surrounded by mountains and seas, and with pure water flowing from the mountains, Echigo-Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture is blessed with abundant natural resources. As such, this town is known for high-quality sake, rice, and produce. Take a brief immersion into the farming life and taste the difference as you visit a local vegetable sommelier — an expert at growing fresh, excellent produce! From the meeting point, which is close to Echigo-Yuzawa Station, you'll rent an e-bike to cycle to the sommelier's cozy farmhouse, where you'll be welcomed with top-notch hospitality. There, you'll harvest seasonal vegetables and do simple farm work such as pulling out root crops and washing produce. Your host will also give you a taste of preserved food — an Echigo-Yuzawa specialty and a time-honored tradition, as the locals have come up with the best ways to preserve food to last the area's long winters. Next, try your hand at Niigata-style home cooking as you make a hearty, healthy lunch with the vegetables you just harvested. Enjoy chatting at the table as you dig into your meal, then cycle back to Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

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